Усмирение Северной Кореи

Нельзя позволить пожару войны на Ближнем Востоке отвлечь внимание мирового сообщества от угрозы, создаваемой ядерными амбициями Северной Кореи, которые она продемонстрировала своими недавними испытаниями ракет дальнего действия. Но, похоже, именно это и происходит.

Встреча стран «большой восьмёрки» в Санкт-Петербурге окончилась в середине июля призывом к Северной Корее остановить испытания ракет и прекратить свою программу разработки ядерного оружия. Затем последовала резолюция Совета Безопасности ООН, осуждающая запуски Северной Кореей ракет 5 июля, требующая от неё возвращения к схеме переговоров и призывающая членов ООН предотвратить импорт и экспорт любых материалов или денег, связанных с программами Северной Кореи по ракетам и особым видам вооружения. Президент Китая Ху Цзиньтао призвал к дальнейшему развитию забуксовавших переговоров с тем, чтобы «освободить от ядерного оружия весь Корейский полуостров». Это казалось дипломатическим прорывом, но шума было гораздо больше, чем реальных дел.

Во время своего первого срока администрация Буша надеялась на то, что сможет решить ядерную проблему Северной Кореи посредством смены режима. Расчёт был на то, что изоляция и санкции приведут к свержению диктатуры Ким Йонг Ила. Но режим оказался устойчивым, и администрация Буша согласилась принять участие в шестисторонних переговорах с Китаем, Россией, Японией и двумя Кореями.

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